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by Donald Binks
Mon Oct 22, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: They Shall Not Grow Old
Replies: 110
Views: 2411

Re: They Shall Not Grow Old

So, should this be excoriated as well? I think it's mesmerizing. Aw shucks! It ain't been coloured or put into widescreen! :D No, seriously, thanks for posting. Quite fascinating. Some observations - it must have been photographed in summer as most of the gentlemen are wearing boaters instead of bo...
by Donald Binks
Mon Oct 22, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: They Shall Not Grow Old
Replies: 110
Views: 2411

Re: They Shall Not Grow Old

I became an Old Fart at the age of 19 - when everyone else was listening to the Rolling Stones or the Beach Boys - I was listening to Richard Tauber, Bing Crosby and Al Bowlly as well I was watching old pictures!
:D
by Donald Binks
Sun Oct 21, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Voices in today's pictures
Replies: 4
Views: 181

Re: Voices in today's pictures

Well, I'm watching the 1934 version of The Little Minister and the accents are frustrating me; the loss of "Broadcast Standard" in American and British stuff makes me think that Doctor Who needs to be subtitled, and as for the way Aussies speak.... Bob Strewth! Cobber, for sayin' that I hope yer ch...
by Donald Binks
Sun Oct 21, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Voices in today's pictures
Replies: 4
Views: 181

Voices in today's pictures

Is it just me? Or do I detect a new phenomenon? Microphones must be a lot better at picking up the slightest sound than they once were, because it seems to me that actors (and sometimes actresses) now seem to choose speaking in a barely audible whisper, or in low dulcet tones that only just register...
by Donald Binks
Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Largest Live Orchestra for Silent Films
Replies: 6
Views: 202

Re: Largest Live Orchestra for Silent Films

The "Roxy" Theatre in New York boasted a 110 piece orchestra and a three-consoled Kimbal organ. It was demolished in 1960.
by Donald Binks
Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: They Shall Not Grow Old
Replies: 110
Views: 2411

Re: They Shall Not Grow Old

So, what we do, in essence is to stifle creativity and invention? Some comments over the years:- 1896 - Who wants to look at moving images? It ruins the aesthetic of the still image. 1927 - What's with this adding of sound to pictures? The whole artistic nature of pictures are going to be ruined by ...
by Donald Binks
Sun Oct 14, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: They Shall Not Grow Old
Replies: 110
Views: 2411

Re: They Shall Not Grow Old

(And Q.E.D. is for proof, not for proposed solutions.)
Funny? I thought my solution was proved and foolproof! :D
by Donald Binks
Sun Oct 14, 2018 4:57 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: They Shall Not Grow Old
Replies: 110
Views: 2411

Re: They Shall Not Grow Old

We can settle all these arguments quite simply:

For all those who find fault with anything to do with the picture including the person who made it - don't go and see the picture

For all those who are intrigued by what has been achieved - go see it.
Q.E.D.

:D
by Donald Binks
Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: Music of the Era
Topic: Sad music piece.
Replies: 5
Views: 122

Re: Sad music piece.

That and "Maiden's Prayer" used to be standard fair for the "Mrs. Ethel Mavebags" seated at the piano, thumping out an accompaniment to silent pictures in the sticks.
by Donald Binks
Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:10 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: When you make a really stupid mistake in a book you've written...
Replies: 19
Views: 607

Re: When you make a really stupid mistake in a book you've written...

I do a monthly newsletter. It is proof-read by four sets of "eagle eyes". Naturally I read it over myself before I send it on - but it is always gobsmacking to find out that there are always typos that I miss out on. :D Even a couple of the proof-readers miss out on some of them. So, there can reall...
by Donald Binks
Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: They Shall Not Grow Old
Replies: 110
Views: 2411

Re: They Shall Not Grow Old

All sorts of tinkering goes on all the time, why single out this one. Large parts of the world dub all their movies in another language, losing all original voices. And I despise dubbing as much as colorization. Tinkering to compensate for the ravages of time is acceptable, but a major change like ...
by Donald Binks
Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: They Shall Not Grow Old
Replies: 110
Views: 2411

Re: They Shall Not Grow Old

Colorization is the work of the devil :evil:! If a film was shot in black and white and meant to exhibited that way, I don't want anyone drawing on it with crayons. This goes double for historical footage, which does not benefit from fake color. It's patronizing to assume the public will not watch ...
by Donald Binks
Wed Oct 10, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: new TV
Replies: 17
Views: 339

Re: new TV

I mention th3 4:3 aspect ratio to the kid at Best Buy this morning and he had no idea what I was talking about as he rattled on about HD and UHD. He kept saying "it will show in widescreen." There is just no concept whatsoever with most people that there is anything other than widescreen. Everybody...
by Donald Binks
Wed Oct 10, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: They Shall Not Grow Old
Replies: 110
Views: 2411

Re: They Shall Not Grow Old

Peter Jackson was interviewed on the news here last night and some more of the coloured-up footage was shown. Another interesting aspect of the film is that lip-readers were employed and dialogue was added to parts of the restored film as well. Apparently when the soldiers were being photographed th...
by Donald Binks
Tue Oct 09, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: What is the number for on the Nitrateville window tab?
Replies: 20
Views: 237

Re: What is the number for on the Nitrateville window tab?

Duh! I have finally found out what everyone has been talking about. The number on my douvre says 74 - I have no idea what on earth that refers to?
by Donald Binks
Tue Oct 09, 2018 7:03 pm
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Gold DVD’s are better than Silver DVD’s…at least somewhat.
Replies: 1
Views: 63

Re: Gold DVD’s are better than Silver DVD’s…at least somewhat.

I have been using "Verbatim" Inkjet Printable DVD-R disks for years. I must have used over 2,000 of them. Apart from one spindle of 50 that proved to have a few disks with faults (and which were replaced by the store), I have not had any trouble with them.
by Donald Binks
Tue Oct 09, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: October Star of the Month – Cary Grant
Replies: 28
Views: 649

Re: October Star of the Month – Cary Grant

Did Cary Grant ever say "Judy, Judy, Judy"? That's what I want to know. Impressionists seem to always think he did. Well I've seen Mr. Grant in a whole series of pictures all the way from his first teaming with Mae West until he ended up with "Walk, Don't Run" in the mid '60's. I'd have to say that ...
by Donald Binks
Sun Oct 07, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1676
Views: 128542

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2018)

Funny, I watched "The Children Act" yesterday too. I found it quite an absorbing picture, which once it had started, slowly started to grab my attention. I suppose stories have to have some counter-plots in them to heighten the main plot, so, I agree with you that the situation with M'lady's marriag...
by Donald Binks
Sat Oct 06, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: When you make a really stupid mistake in a book you've written...
Replies: 19
Views: 607

Re: When you make a really stupid mistake in a book you've written...

Mike Gebert wrote:
Sat Oct 06, 2018 4:19 pm
Hey, it can't be worse than this guy:
Unfortunately, in 2018 all this could be true! :(
by Donald Binks
Sat Oct 06, 2018 3:59 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: When you make a really stupid mistake in a book you've written...
Replies: 19
Views: 607

Re: When you make a really stupid mistake in a book you've written...

Look at it this way - you have coined a new idiomatic expression. It will probably be taken up and used by the masses. In this way you will share language invention with Shakespeare! You are not in bad company. :D
by Donald Binks
Fri Oct 05, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1676
Views: 128542

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2018)

I have always found an absolute delight in watching Cecil Parker on the screen. He is at his best in a nostalgic look at life in the early Edwardian era made in Technicolor where he takes star billing alongside Donald Wolfit. The film is "Isn't Life Wonderful" (1953) and is the only comedy feature M...
by Donald Binks
Fri Oct 05, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1676
Views: 128542

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2018)

He's back! (Turns around to greet a general sigh of despair interspersed with a few Bronx cheers). Well, the thing is, I took a bit of a sabbatical; other things cropped up which needed my attention... Prompted by Mr. Lipton as a result of another thread discussing or rather lamenting the disappeara...
by Donald Binks
Fri Oct 05, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: They Shall Not Grow Old
Replies: 110
Views: 2411

Re: They Shall Not Grow Old

As a passionate life-long devotee of WW1, Jim That doesn't quite read right there James me lad, seems as though you are quite the opposite to a pacifist? :D I too have seen previous attempts at colouring film footage from the Great War. One could tell it was artificial as the colour was too pastel ...
by Donald Binks
Thu Oct 04, 2018 4:32 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Any interest in a "Star of the Month" discussion?
Replies: 13
Views: 369

Re: Any interest in a "Star of the Month" discussion?

Naturally, the Great Man would have to come in there too!
by Donald Binks
Wed Oct 03, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Any interest in a "Star of the Month" discussion?
Replies: 13
Views: 369

Re: Any interest in a "Star of the Month" discussion?

Okay - the critics are enpaneled - so which star are we to get stuck into? :D
by Donald Binks
Wed Oct 03, 2018 12:59 am
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Technicolor tech...all lost?
Replies: 21
Views: 1426

Re: Technicolor tech...all lost?

If indeed it is possible to emulate Technicolor by messing about on a computer; I lament the fact that it ain't been done. "The Aviator" emulates a series of color processes that are roughly contemporary with time in the narrative. I remember saying to my son at the time - "This looks as if it was ...
by Donald Binks
Tue Oct 02, 2018 4:13 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Revolving Doors in Movies
Replies: 14
Views: 293

Re: Revolving Doors in Movies

I was in a store yesterday with an old-fashioned revolving door. Hadn't seen one in years. Come to Oz, they are not an old-fashioned relic here? Modern buildings have them. I saw a picture the other day with a revolting door in it, but I can't remember the name now. I'll put my thinking cap on and ...
by Donald Binks
Tue Oct 02, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Any interest in a "Star of the Month" discussion?
Replies: 13
Views: 369

Re: Any interest in a "Star of the Month" discussion?

Why not? We've had arguments....er hem...discussions on nearly everything else. :D
by Donald Binks
Sun Sep 30, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Technicolor tech...all lost?
Replies: 21
Views: 1426

Re: Technicolor tech...all lost?

I have "The Phantom Thread" in my pile to be watched - I might bring its ranking up a couple of notches...
by Donald Binks
Sun Sep 30, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Technicolor tech...all lost?
Replies: 21
Views: 1426

Re: Technicolor tech...all lost?

If indeed it is possible to emulate Technicolor by messing about on a computer; I lament the fact that it ain't been done. All we seem to get in the way of colour on modern productions is film that has a lot of blue in it or alternatively goes towards yellow?